NEBRASKA CHILD SUPPORT
members of the Nebraska Child Support Enforcement
Association recognize that by working together, we can improve the enforcement
of child support and the lives of Nebraska’s children. The Association will strive to assist its
members and promote more effective laws and procedures relating to child
support. Our primary interest is to
ensure that children are supported by their parents and that the laws and
agencies of Nebraska recognize and enforce that obligation.
ARTICLE I – NAME
name of the Association shall be the Nebraska
Child Support Enforcement Association.
The purpose of the Association shall include, but not be limited to:
A. Encouraging the improvement
of the administration of child support programs through the diligent
enforcement of state and federal laws.
a forum where
child support professionals and those interested in the advancement of child
support can exchange information and ideas for successful child support
C. Securing the cooperation of
the federal, state, and county units of government to study child support
problems and devise methods that will improve and standardize child support
program policies and procedures.
D. Providing governmental
officials at all levels and the general public with information regarding child
E. Developing, promoting
and conducting educational programs and conferences for the purpose of
informing federal, state and county officials and workers of the latest
techniques, procedures and practices in child support.
inter-jurisdictional agreements and arrangements for jointly providing more
comprehensive approaches to child support and recovery programs.
Recommending and working
for improvements in state laws to make child support programs more efficient
and responsive to the needs of unsupported children.
ARTICLE II – FUNDS
Association shall be incorporated as a non-profit
organization. Contributions may be
solicited from individuals, foundations or groups to help defray operating
The Board of Directors
shall determine the need for
annual dues and shall establish amounts, as appropriate, in all membership
categories. Registration fees shall be
set by the Board of Directors for the Annual Training Conference(s) held by the
ARTICLE III –
shall be limited as defined in Article III
of the Constitution.
ARTICLE IV –
Board of Directors shall be comprised of members
as set forth in Article IV of the Constitution.
Each executive position, committee chair and region shall have one (1)
vote on the Board of Directors. The vote of the President will only be counted
in the instance of a tie vote occurring with the Board of Directors.
duties of the Board of Directors shall include:
development and approval of the annual budget, consideration of proposals from
the Executive Committee and membership, and approval of the Executive
Committee’s negotiated contracts.
ARTICLE V – ELECTION
of the Board of Directors shall be elected or
appointed as set forth in Article IV of the Constitution. Voting regulations are addressed in Article
VI of the By-Laws.
positions, and those appointed by the
President Elect, take effect on January 1st of the year following
the conference at which they were elected.
ARTICLE VI –
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
for Board of Directors to be elected at
the Annual Conference may be submitted to the Past President, or their designee,
within the time frames determined by the committee. Deadline for nomination time frames may be
any date not within four (4) weeks prior to the Annual Conference. Nomination forms will be provided to the
general membership via the Association Newsletter or other means as determined
by the Board of Directors. Nominations
may also be made from the floor for election of officers during the business
meeting at the Annual Training Conference.
Nominees may be any member in good standing of the Association.
are to be made by someone other than the
nominee and all qualified nominations are to be accepted by the Past President,
or their designee. If a nominee receives
more than one nomination, he/she must choose prior to the voting phase which nomination
they wish to accept. No one member shall hold two executive committee positions.
accordance with Article IV of the Constitution, the
Past President, or their designee, shall prepare ballots listing the nominees
for each elected office. Each member in
good standing of the Association attending the Annual Training Conference shall
receive and be entitled to cast one ballot at the Annual Business Meeting. If a member in good standing is not
attending the Annual Business Meeting, they may request an absentee
ballot. Members in good standing are
members who are individually listed on the Association Membership List kept by
the Treasurer as of the first of July in the year of the Annual Training
Conference where the election will take place, or are persons who attend the
Annual Training Conference.
ballots shall be requested in writing by each
member wishing to vote in order to allow for the Past President to maintain the
integrity of the voting process, in accordance with Article IV of the
Constitution. Members requesting and
receiving absentee ballots will not be allowed voting privileges during the
Annual Business Meeting should they attend the Annual Training Conference. All requests for absentee ballots must be
made by 5:00 pm C.S.T. of the business day that occurs one (1) week prior to
the start date of the Annual Conference in an effort to aid in the monitoring
process. This deadline shall be communicated to all members in good standing
via the Association Newsletter or other means as determined by the Board of
Directors. Nominations made from the
floor for election of officers during the business meeting at the Annual
Training Conference will not be reflected on the absentee ballots.
ballots from members in good standing may be
submitted for counting and must be submitted to the Past President, or their
designee, by the close of business on the first day of the Annual Training Conference.
ARTICLE VII –
Training Conference of this Association shall be
held in accordance with Article V of the Constitution. The date is to be determined by the Board of
Directors. The Annual Training
Conference is to remain centrally located in Nebraska, unless approved on a
year by year basis by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors. Bids shall be sent each year requesting
proposals for the next negotiated contract year. Reports from the President,
Treasurer, and Secretary shall be given at the business meeting at the Annual
Conference. Reports by Committee
Chairmen and Region Representatives may also be given at the business meeting.
Resolutions may be presented
to the Association and voted on by regular voting members. Election of
executive officers for the following year will be held at the Annual Business
Meeting. Other activities may be
arranged at the instruction of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VIII –
Executive Committee shall include the following
officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Librarian/Historian,
and Past President. The duties of the
Executive Committee shall include the development of the proposed annual
budget, authorization of expenditures, negotiation of the site and contract for
the Annual Training Conference, and supervision of the following: Non-Profit
status, bulk mailing permit, annual audit of NCSEA books and investments.
SECTION I: PRESIDENT
The President shall be
presiding officer. It shall be the duty
of the President to preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at
the Annual Conference. It shall also be
the duties of the President to appoint all committees not otherwise provided
for in the by-laws, to make appointments to all committees both special and
standing, to serve as ex-officio member to all committees, to coordinate the
preparation and organization of the Annual Conference, to appoint any members
to the Board of Directors to replace a position left vacant with an unexpired
term, and to speak on behalf of the Association when so instructed by the Board
In the event of a vacancy
occurring in the office of the President, the Vice-President shall assume
SECTION II: VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President shall perform the official duties
of the President in the event of the President’s absence or inability to
perform his/her duties and shall be the president-elect. It shall be the duty of the Vice President to
be the Program Chairman for the Annual Training Conference, solicit Continuing
Legal Education Hours for the Annual Training Conference and to perform such
other duties as may be delegated to him/her by the President and/or Board of
Directors. In the event of a vacancy in
the office of the Vice President, it shall be filled for the remainder of the
term by presidential appointment with the approval of the simple majority vote
of the Board of Directors. Only members who have served on the Board of
Directors for at least an entire term (one full year) in the past can be
elected or appointed to the position of Vice President.
SECTION III: SECRETARY
Secretary shall keep true and accurate minutes of
all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Business Meeting held at the
Annual Training Conference. It shall be
the duty of the Secretary to prepare and distribute meeting agendas and minutes
of these meetings as directed by the President, to respond to any
correspondence regarding the Association, to check the Association email weekly
and respond to emails or refer correspondence to the appropriate Board Member
for response, to solicit bids for the Annual Training Conference, and to keep a
true and accurate copy of the Association Constitution and By-Laws. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the
office of Secretary, it shall be filled by Presidential appointment with the
approval of a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.
SECTION IV: TREASURER
Treasurer shall receive, disburse, and account for
all monies received by the Association and make an annual report as to the
finances of the Association at the Annual Conference and any other such reports
as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to present a report of the
receipts and disbursements of the Annual Conference to the Secretary within
thirty (30) days of the conference for inclusion in the Secretary’s minutes, to
deposit all monies and securities in the name of the Association in such
depositories designated by the Board of Directors, to manage any special
contract rates for the Annual Training Conference, to track and monitor
registrations at the Annual Training Conference, to facilitate the availability
of the conference registration materials such as name tags and ribbons, and to
keep an updated listing of the Association’s membership. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the
office of the Treasurer, it shall be filled by Presidential appointment with
the approval of a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.
SECTION V: LIBRARIAN/HISTORIAN
Librarian/Historian shall maintain the Association
scrapbooks, written records, and the Association’s Videotape Library. The Librarian/Historian shall have the duties
of advertising training materials available for training in the Association’s
Newsletter, maintain a system for obtaining and returning of training materials,
be in charge of any fees the Association may find necessary to charge for the
use of the training materials, and postage and handling of the training
materials. In the event of a vacancy
occurring in the office of Librarian/Historian, it shall be filled by
presidential appointment with the approval of a simple majority vote of the
Board of Directors.
SECTION VI: PAST PRESIDENT
shall be the duty of the Past President to chair a
committee responsible for the solicitation and selection of Annual Awards, to
solicit nominations for election of Executive Committee members following the
procedures in Article VI of these Bylaws, to present a panel of potential
committee chairpersons to the President Elect prior to the Annual Training
Conference, to monitor the election process and results as provided in Article
VI of these Bylaws, and to act as a mentor for Region Representatives.
It shall also be the duty of the Past
President to coordinate the judging and presentation of the Regional Excellence
Award as well as the Region Participation Award at the Annual Conference. In
the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of Past President, it shall be
filled by the most recent former past president. If the former past president is unable to
complete the duties, it shall be filled by Presidential appointment with the
approval of a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors. Every effort should be made to fill the
vacancy with a Past President of the Association.
ARTICLE IX - REGIONS
region shall choose up to two (2) of its own
Regional Representative(s) and only members from that region shall vote on who
their Representative(s) shall be. The seven (7) regions are designated as follows:
Region II: Butler,
Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson,
Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer and York Counties.
Region III: Antelope,
Boone, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Knox, Madison, Nance,
Pierce, Platte, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne Counties.
Region IV: Adams,
Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Clay, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper,
Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Kearney, Keya Paha, Loup,
Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Rock, Sherman, Valley, Webster and Wheeler Counties.
Region V: Arthur,
Chase, Cherry, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith,
Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow and Thomas Counties.
Region VI: Banner,
Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff,
Sheridan and Sioux Counties.
Region VII: Cass
and Sarpy Counties.
It shall be the duty of
Representative to encourage attendance at the Annual Conference, to serve as
liaisons and represent members of their region at the meeting of the Board of
Directors and to handle regional membership matters. In the event of a vacancy in any of the
Regional Representative positions, it shall be filled by Presidential
appointment with the approval of a simple majority vote of the Board of
Directors. Each Region is granted one
vote of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE X – COMMITTEES
There shall be six (6)
standing committees, namely:
2. Promotional Committee
3. Fundraising Committee
4. Publicity and Activities Committee
5. Outreach Committee
6. Conference Committee
The committee members shall
be appointed at the
Regional Meetings held at the Annual Training Conference.
Each region will appoint up to two (2)
members to each Committee. Each
committee chairperson shall be appointed by President elect prior to the start
of his/her term as President. Appointed
Chairpersons begin their term when the President elect assumes the term of the
President. The President shall serve on
all committees as an ex-officio member.
Each committee shall have one vote on the Board of Directors. In the event
of a vacancy occurring which
leaves a committee without a chairperson, the chair shall be filled by
It shall be the duty of
Committee to recommend and work for improvement in State Laws that
child support programs more efficient and responsive to the needs of the
dependent membership, to support and campaign for proposed legislation as
directed by the Board of Directors, and to provide a synopsis of Federal and
State Legislative proposals or changes to the Board of Directors.
It shall be the duty of
Committee to explore, develop and utilize ways to promote membership
this Association and increase revenue and attendance at the Annual Conference
through sales items and office promotions.
It shall be the duty of
Committee to solicit sponsorship for the Annual Training Conference,
develop and utilize sources of funding such as raffles for Association projects
as approved by the Board of Directors, to increase revenue and to promote
membership in this Association and attendance at the Annual Conferences.
It shall be the duty of
and Activities Committee to coordinate and implement all special projects
of the Association as a whole, such as an Association booth at the State Fair,
and to promote any other activities for increasing the public awareness of this
Association and child support in the State of Nebraska. It shall also be the duty of this committee
to solicit items for, and to facilitate and monitor the Hospitality Room at the
Annual Training conference. Members of
this committee should also help to provide a welcome to new members of the
It shall be the duty of
Committee to prepare a newsletter to Association members at least
times per year or more often as directed by the Board of Directors and to
maintain the Association’s website.
It shall be the duty of
Committee to assist the Vice President in the physical set-up of conference
by attending Executive Committee meetings as requested, meeting with the hotel
prior to conference to ensure meeting areas and meals are organized and set to
the requirements of the Association, and ready and prepare conference packet
materials. This committee is also
responsible to organize the volunteer room monitors at the Annual Training
ARTICLE XI –
Annual Awards many be given
at each Annual Training Conference for: Judicial Office of the Year, Member of
the Year, Appreciation, and Lifetime Service Awards. The Past President will chair a committee
comprised of Region Representative who will solicit nominations for the Annual
Awards and select winners based upon the following criterion:
of the Year
- Juvenile or district court judge, referee, or
interest and concern about child
support as evidenced by:
- writing articles for
professional or popular
- giving professional child support
- drafting and/or testifying on behalf
- participating in child support related
for HHS or professional associations
a reward for judicial rulings
as appropriate – not necessarily every